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Lampworking-Beading Open Access Studio

After taking a handbuilding pottery class, or if you have handbuilding pottery experience, you can join our studio on a monthly membership basis  on a pay per use basis and use our facilities and tools to make your own pottery artwork. Visit pottery open access studifor more information.Click here to see our price list and here to book a class.

Lampworking a type of glasswork where a torch is used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known flameworking –  torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Although lack of a precise definition for lampworking makes it difficult to determine when this technique was first developed, the earliest verifiable lampworked glass is probably a collection of beads thought to date to the fifth century BC. Lampworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a furnace as the primary heat source. Lampworking is used to create artwork such as beads, figurines, marbles, small vessels, Christmas tree ornaments, etC.

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